Storied Texas radio and print journalist Scott Braddock and Rag Radio political analyst Glenn Smith join host Thorne Dreyer as they try to make some sense of what's happening in the even-crazier-than-usual world of politics. Front and center is the bizarre unfolding of the Trump/Comey/Russian collusion saga. We also visit the health care bill and it's future in the Senate. And Texas HB4, the Sanctuary City bill -- including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's suit against local jurisdictions accused of not cooperating with federal immigration agents. And the implications of all this for the 2018 elections.
Scott Braddock is a journalist and political analyst based in Austin. Braddock is editor of The Quorum Report, one of the nation's foremost state-based political newsletters. He's earned praise from activists and politicians from all sides. Scott previously served as the chief political reporter for the two biggest radio news operations in Texas: Newsradio 1080 KRLD in Dallas and Newsradio 740 KTRH in Houston. He has been honored with the Edward R. Murrow award and the Associated Press award for investigative journalism.
Noted Democratic strategist and Rag Radio regular Glenn Smith, the director of Progress Texas PAC, is an op-ed columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, a columnist for The Quorum Report, and a former political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post. And Smith managed Ann Richards' winning 1990 Texas gubernatorial campaign. Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run, solar-powered community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA -- and as a featured podcast at Veterans Today Live. Running time: 56:37.